A guide on how to set up and use Always On Display on Samsung Galaxy devices

Samsung was one of the largest Android OEMs around Implementing Always On Display on its flagship offering in 2016. Fast forward to today, and almost all Samsung devices, including the Galaxy M, Galaxy A, Galaxy S and Note series, have a handy built-in always-on display Option to get things done. Most Galaxy smartphones have the option turned off by default, and you’ll need to enable and customize the option through the One UI Settings app.

First, let’s understand what Always On Display (AOD) is. AOD allows you to customize your screen to show the time, date, battery status, notifications, screen savers, and more. This is especially useful with AMOLED screens as AOD only turns on the individual pixels on the screen. With LCD panels, the entire display must be turned on in order to activate the always-on display mode, which is not battery-friendly and does not look good at night.

Android OEMs also offer the always-on display feature, but Samsung goes a step ahead with tons of customization options, neat integration, AOD from the theme store, etc. Now that most of the Galaxy phones come with gigantic battery capacity , it makes sense to enable the option and enjoy the full potential of AOD on Samsung phones.

In this post, we’re going to talk about the full step-by-step guide on how to enable and use Always On Display, its customization options, third-party AOD from the Theme Store, and its impact on the device’s battery life. Let’s begin.

Where is always shown on my phone

There are two ways to access Always-On Display mode on the Galaxy device. You can fold down the notification bar and use the notification buttons to toggle AOD mode on or off on the phone.

Another option is the Settings app. Open the Settings app on your phone and navigate to the lock screen and enable the Always On Display option.

Settings lock screen

Always in the display

You’ll be fine for the most part with the AOD switch in the notification bar. You should only use the Settings app if you want to customize the AOD mode or set the time. Speaking of customization, let’s explore all of the features of the AOD mode.

Always on display customization options

Samsung as Samsung offers dozen of customization options for setting up Always On Display mode. First, there are three ways to show AOD on the lock screen. You need to go to Device Settings> Lock Screen> Always On Display and discover all the options.

Tap to see: Most Android phones have the display taps feature, but it turns on the entire display and may use more battery if you type frequently to display. Samsung’s solution allows you to tap the screen and view the AOD for 10 seconds.

It’s the best of both worlds. Typing to view does the job without sacrificing battery life.

Always show: As the name suggests, AOD mode will stay on all the time. You should keep an eye on battery usage as it can use up more battery life.

Always in the display menu

Show as planned: This is my favorite and I prefer it compared to the other two options. You can set a specific time for the AOD to appear on the lock screen. I usually do it from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tap the option and select the start and end time

set the time

Now let’s customize the AOD look with different clock styles, colors, and music information. Follow the steps below to personalize the look of the AOD mode on your Galaxy device.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on the device and navigate to Lock Screen> Always On Display menu.

Step 2: Set the AOD mode to your liking and open the Clock Style menu.

Step 3: Here you can see a number of watch styles. Samsung offers a clock preview above. You will also see other information like remaining battery life, date and day.

Adjusting the clock

Add colors

Step 4: Switch to the Color option and see dozens of color options and gradient effects.

You can also turn on Show music information and AOD will display the live music track on the lock screen.

Always in third party display mode

Your decision to customize Always On Display doesn’t end there. Samsung offers a theme store on all Galaxy devices. The Theme Store allows you to completely change the appearance of the device.

Galaxy shop

Theme option

Long press the home screen and open the Theme Store. Head over to the AOD menu and here you’ll see all of the third-party Always On Display modes with live previews and price. I like how Samsung added editor selection to streamline the selection process.

A couple of things to keep in mind about AOD mode

  • Always On Display consumes battery life. On average, it consumes around 1% of battery life per hour.
  • You will find that the AOD mode keeps changing the clock position. The behavior is expected to prevent AMOLED screen burn-in.
  • You can use the notification switch or opt for the Settings app to turn off Always On Display mode on your device.
  • Samsung also allows you to set an image as the AOD background, but I would advise you to avoid doing this as it uses more pixels and uses more battery life.

Use Always on Display on Galaxy devices

Samsung’s AOD mode is one of the best features of the One UI software. You should enable the option and customize the experience in the Settings app to your liking. While you’re at it, show us your current AOD mode setup on the Galaxy device.

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